Ngata was happy CJ left playoff game
Haloti Ngata said the Baltimore Ravens were not playing dirty, nor trying to hurt Chris Johnson in the 2008 AFC Divisional Playoffs, as Johnson suggested on Wednesday.
But that doesn't mean the Ravens weren't happy that Johnson exited the game, Ngata told Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. Prior to his ankle injury Johnson had run for 72 yards and a touchdown and caught a 28-yard pass from Kerry Collins.
"I'm happy he left the game, because he waqs on the verge of breaking off 200 yards against us," Ngata said. "He did really well in that first half, and I think it's a good thing he went down, because he probably would have had more yards against us. I don't even think we were playing dirty. I just think we were playing the way we usually do."
After his exit, the Ravens clamped down on the Tennessee offense, forcing three turnovers and pulling a 13-10 upset over the top seed in the postseason.
Other Ravens took issue with the accusation and chimed in on the topic.
"Ain't nobody trying to deliberately hurt nobody out here. We're all athletes. We're all in the same league. Nobody tried to hurt him. He can get that out of his head," Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com